Intellectual Property UK

  • April 03, 2024

    Uber Loses Some European TM Protections For Its Name

    Ride-hailing giant Uber has failed to persuade the European Union that it should retain a suite of broad trademarks for its name, with the bloc's intellectual property body deciding to trim down protections for computer software and telecommunications.

  • April 03, 2024

    Valrhona's Bid For 3D Mold TM Melts At UKIPO

    Valrhona has failed to register a 3D oval-shaped trademark after the U.K. intellectual property office ruled that it was a common mold in the industry and consumers would not link the cocoa bean lookalike to the premium French chocolatier.

  • April 02, 2024

    L'Oreal Holds Off Competitor's Objections To Hair Dye Patent

    A Japanese cosmetics brand failed to foil a L'Oreal hair-dyeing patent after European officials ruled that the invention to even out color satisfied all requirements, even if it didn't specify minimum concentrations for certain ingredients.

  • April 02, 2024

    Molson Coors Blocks Stone Brewing TM In UK

    California's Stone Brewing Co. could not convince the U.K.'s Intellectual Property Office to register a trademark for its own name, after drinks rival Molson Coors argued that it could be confused with existing trademarks it owns for the word "Stones."

  • April 02, 2024

    Shell-Exxon Joint Venture Fends Off Fuel Additive IP Attack

    An Exxon Mobil and Shell joint venture has successfully fought off attempts by competitors to invalidate its patent for a diesel fuel additive, with a European Patent Office appeals board ruling that the additive was inventive enough for protection.

  • April 02, 2024

    Blur Drummer Leads Competition Challenge Over Royalties

    The drummer for an English rock band is leading a legal challenge on behalf of songwriters, claiming that a society that collects royalties for artists has been unfairly distributing cash, according to details published by the Competition Appeal Tribunal on Tuesday.

  • April 02, 2024

    ASOS Loses Appeal For Topshop TM In Europe

    Online retailer ASOS has lost a second bid for trademark protection over the fashion brand name Topshop, with the European intellectual property authority saying the name lacks any distinctive character and simply means "an excellent store."

  • March 28, 2024

    House Of Fraser Loses Bid To Broaden 'BIBA' EU Trademark

    House of Fraser can't broaden its "BIBA" trademark because consumers could confuse the sign with an earlier "BiBA" logo that appears on similar goods, a European Union appeals panel has ruled.

  • March 28, 2024

    British Biz Hits Back At Chinese Co. In LED Mask Design Fight

    A British businesswoman has hit back at a Chinese light-therapy device manufacturer's claim that she misused its designs for an LED mask and bib, telling a London court she was always the rightful owner of the designs.

  • March 28, 2024

    Questel Partners With AI Workflow Automation Software Maker

    Intellectual property software provider Questel has partnered with a workflow automation software maker to help IP lawyers automate more document-based tasks with artificial intelligence, according to statements from both companies.

  • March 28, 2024

    4 Questions For Bristows' Commercial IP Experts

    Bristows LLP intellectual property leaders Matthew Warren and Robert Burrows have seen much change in their decades of advising clients, but they say the pace has “increased significantly” in recent years. Here, they talk to Law360 about artificial intelligence, the latest developments in FRAND disputes and other trends in IP litigation.

  • March 28, 2024

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week in London has seen investors target fraudsters who ran a fake film tax scheme, Barclays Bank sue privately owned Russian bank PJSC Sovcombank, easyGroup bring a trademark infringement claim against online casino TGI Entertainment for its "easybet" word sign, and a bioethanol fuel company hit high-profile individuals connected to the collapsed Elysian Fuels scheme. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 28, 2024

    Locksmith Hits Back At Security Biz In Key Copy Patent Feud

    A locksmith service has denied infringing an Austrian security company's patent by cutting copies of a key design, telling a court it could not have known the key was patent-protected and saying that the patent is invalid either way.

  • March 27, 2024

    Bayer Can Briefly Stop Rivals Selling Patented Xarelto Dosage

    Bayer AG can briefly block its rivals from selling generic versions of anticoagulant Xarelto at its protected once-daily dosage while both sides await a ruling on the validity of the patent, a London court said on Wednesday.

  • March 27, 2024

    BoE Finds Increasing Fear Of Financial Risk From AI

    The Bank of England said on Wednesday the proportion of banks, insurers and other firms that find artificial intelligence one of the greatest risks to the finance system has doubled in six months.

  • March 27, 2024

    Sainsbury's Says Mandarins Not From Protected Variety

    Sainsbury's has hit back at accusations that a variety of its mandarin oranges infringe on the plant breeding rights of a French company, arguing that its Tang Golds are intrinsically different from the protected Nadorcotts owned by Nador Cott Protection SAS.

  • March 27, 2024

    Wine Drunk By Queen Elizabeth Triumphs In EU TM Spat

    European intellectual property officials have dismissed efforts by a Dutch drinks maker to register its beverages with the trademark "Petrus" after finding that consumers could confuse the brand with wines made by the famous Bordeaux vineyard.

  • March 27, 2024

    Skyscanner Stands Firm In TM Infringement Feud With Rival

    Skyscanner Ltd. has doubled down on its claim that rival travel agency Loveholidays infringed its trademark by adopting a similar logo, while also refuting its competitor's claim that the imitation was actually the other way around.

  • March 26, 2024

    Nokia Loses Bid To Patent Telecoms Device Invention

    Nokia Solutions and Networks Oy has failed to win patent protection for an invention related to a new wireless transmission method, after European officials ruled that the company's amendments had gone beyond what was originally claimed.

  • March 26, 2024

    Pet Drug Maker Faces EU Probe For Axing Pipeline Dog Med

    The European Union's antitrust authority said Tuesday it has launched a probe into whether Zoetis Inc. had illegally blocked competition by acquiring a pipeline product designed to treat pain in dogs and axing a potential rival's deal to sell it.

  • March 26, 2024

    Abbott Sues Over 3D TM Infringement Of Diabetes Device

    Abbott Diabetes has sued several companies for selling a Chinese-made glucose monitoring device with signs that allegedly look "identical" to the ones on its product.

  • April 02, 2024

    Marks & Clerk Hires IP Pro From Wynne-Jones In Birmingham

    Marks & Clerk LLP has recruited a partner to its Birmingham office for his second stint at the firm as it looks to cement a place among the top specialist intellectual property outfits globally.

  • March 26, 2024

    EU's New Geographical IP Rules Still Need Clarity

    European reforms for geographical indication protections could boost uptake of the niche intellectual property right, but what can be protected under the new category of manufactured products remains uncertain, lawyers say.

  • March 26, 2024

    Casino Biz Seeks To Smother Rival's 'Mini Burning Hot' TM

    A casino tech company has asked a London court to revoke a competitor's trademark and clear the path for it to extend its "Burning Hot" logo portfolio after the rival company blocked a new application using its purportedly invalid "Mini Burning Hot" sign.

  • March 25, 2024

    Eastman Group Says Ex-Employee Lifted IP To Start Rival Co.

    A specialty materials maker has told a London court that an ex-employee stole a valuable database in order to quickly set up a rival company selling paint protection film for cars.

Expert Analysis

  • Looking Ahead At AI Regulation In The EU And UK

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    With AI regulation agreed upon in Europe and a U.K. regulatory authority on the horizon, organizations developing AI should consider deploying governance, addressing accountability and establishing internal guardrails to achieve a balanced approach to responsible innovation while managing risk, says Chris Eastham at Fieldfisher.

  • 2024 Will Be A Busy Year For Generative AI And IP Issues

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    In light of increased litigation and policy proposals on balancing intellectual property rights and artificial intelligence innovation, 2024 is shaping up to be full of fast-moving developments that will have significant implications for AI tool developers, users of such tools and rights holders, say lawyers at Mishcon de Reya.

  • The Most-Read Law360 UK Guest Articles Of 2023

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    Benefits of the new EU Unified Patent Court, artificial intelligence regulation and M&A trends amid rising inflation were among the hot topics U.K. Expert Analysis articles explored this year.

  • 9 Takeaways From The UPC's First 6 Months In Session

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    Six months after its opening, the Unified Patent Court has established itself as an appealing jurisdiction, with its far territorial reach, short filing deadlines and extremely quick issuance of preliminary injunctions showing that it is well-prepared to provide for rapid legal clarity, says Antje Brambrink at Finnegan.

  • The Year In FRAND: What To Know Heading Into 2024

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    In 2023, there were eight significant developments concerning the fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory patent licensing regime that undergirds technical standardization, say Tom Millikan and Kevin Zeck at Perkins Coie.

  • How Int'l Student-Athlete Law Would Change The NIL Game

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    Recently proposed legislation to allow international student-athletes the opportunity to profit from their name, image and likeness without violating their F-1 nonimmigrant student visa status represents a pivotal step in NIL policy, and universities must assess and adapt their approaches to accommodate unique immigration concerns, say attorneys at Phelps Dunbar.

  • Series

    Children's Book Writing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Becoming a children's book author has opened doors to incredible new experiences of which I barely dared to dream, but the process has also changed my life by serving as a reminder that strong writing, networking and public speaking skills are hugely beneficial to a legal career, says Shaunna Bailey at Sheppard Mullin.

  • How The PTAB Landscape Shifted In 2023

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    Attorneys at Finnegan consider the impact of noteworthy Patent Trial and Appeal Board developments in 2023, including rulemaking, litigation, precedential decisions and director reviews that affected PTAB practice, and offer a reference for examining future proceedings and strategies.

  • How 'Copyleft' Licenses May Affect Generative AI Output

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    Open-source software and the copyleft licenses that support it, whereby derivative works must be made available for others to use and modify, have been a boon to the development of artificial intelligence, but could lead to issues for coders who use AI to help write code and may find their resulting work exposed, says William Dearn at HLK.

  • UPC Decision Highlights Key Security Costs Questions

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    While the Unified Patent Court recently ordered NanoString to pay €300,000 as security for Harvard's legal costs in a revocation action dispute, the decision highlights that the outcome of a security for costs application will be highly fact-dependent and that respondents should prepare to set out their financial position in detail, says Tom Brazier at EIP.

  • IP Ruling Could Pave Way For AI Patents In UK

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    If implemented by the U.K. Intellectual Property Office, the High Court's recent ruling in Emotional Perception AI v. Comptroller-General of Patents, holding that artificial neural networks can be patented, could be a first step to welcoming AI patents in the U.K., say Arnie Francis and Alexandra Brodie at Gowling.

  • Why It's Urgent For Pharma Cos. To Halt Counterfeit Meds

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    With over 10.5 million counterfeit medicines seized in the EU in 2023, it is vital both ethically and commercially that pharmaceutical companies take steps to protect against such infringements, including by invoking intellectual property rights protection, says Lars Karnøe at Potter Clarkson.

  • Examining US And Europe Patent Disclosure For AI Inventions

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    As applicants before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the European Patent Office increasingly seek patent protection for inventions relating to artificial intelligence, the applications may require more implementation details than traditional computer-implemented inventions, including disclosure of data and methods used to train the AI systems, say attorneys at Finnegan.

  • Incontinence Drug Ruling Offers Key Patent Drafting Lessons

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    In a long-awaited decision in Astellas v. Teva and Sandoz, an English court found that the patent for a drug used to treat overactive bladder syndrome had not been infringed, highlighting the interaction between patent drafting and litigation strategy, and why claim infringement is as important a consideration as validity, says George McCubbin at Herbert Smith.

  • EPO Decision Significantly Relaxes Patent Priority Approach

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    In a welcome development for patent applicants, a recent European Patent Office decision redefines the way that entitlement to priority is assessed, significantly relaxing the previous approach and making challenges to the right to priority in post-grant opposition proceedings far more difficult, say lawyers at Finnegan.

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